European-style hybrid market under way in Glen Burnie

Commercial real estate

January 16, 1991

Construction of a $10 million retail center is under way in Glen Burnie that promises to offer consumers a new concept in shopping.

The project's developers call the LEEDMARK store the "first one-stop shopping hybrid market to be built in the United States." The project is a cross between a shopping mall and a department store.

Didier Leconte, chairman and chief executive officer of developer, New Eldis Corp., said the store will provide one place where consumers can buy all their basic food, non-food and apparel items."

The 130,000-square-foot store is situated on 25 acres of land near the intersection of Maryland Routes 10 and 710.

The company will employ about 350 people when it opens this spring.

The project will include warehouses, a playroom for customers' children, fast food restaurants, banks, video rental stores and other service-oriented facilities.

It is to be the first of a chain of stores LEEDMARK plans to build in the United States. All of the stores will be built and managed in the U.S. by independent business executives who agree to follow the business philosophy of E. Leclerk Group, a French shopping center builder that is an affiliate of the U.S. companies.

LEEDMARK will be managed by the New Eldis Corp. in the United States.

Glen Burnie was selected as the site for the first LEEDMARK because it is an established, growing and prosperous retail area that is easily accessible from major roads and highways, a company spokesman said.

CKL Architects of Newport News is the project designer and High Construction Inc. of Lancaster, Pa., is the builder.

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Final approval has been given for the construction of a shopping center at the site of the former Greenspring Dairy and now architects can proceed with writing construction documents for the project.

"We're moving right along there," said George L. Russell, the lawyer who represented developer Louis V. Manzo.

Manzo has tried for three years to get city approval to tear down the dairy and build the 70,000-square-foot center at 1020-1040 W. 41st St. Neighbors, citing concerns about traffic in the area, objected to the project.

Last week, the Baltimore Planning Commission approved the final design of the center.

Russell said once Bignall-Watkins Architects completes the construction documents, a builder will be hired. But he said he did not know when demolition might begin. Russell said a final

The center will sit on 7.6 acres and be anchored by a food store. Other smaller shops and restaurants will also be built.

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Continental Realty Corp. has started a $1.5 million land development project on 34 acres at the Business Center at Owings Mills.

CRC will landscape the area and build sewer and water lines, storm drains, a storm water management pond. The developer also will extend Cronridge Drive 1,800 feet.

The development is expected to be complete in July.

The Owings Mills Commerce Centre, CRC's "business park within a business park", eventually will contain eight office builders. Two are under construction.

Kasco Chesapeake Builders Inc. is the construction manager for the land development work.

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Following are recent commercial real estate transactions:

* Riggin Design, a lighting and grip equipment company, has leased 2,600 square feet at Meadow Mill at Woodberry, 3600 Clipper Mill Road.

* National First Mortgage Corp., a residential mortgage company, has leased 2,400 square feet at the Charles Towson Building in Towson, according to W.C. Pinkard & Co.

* Power Track, a manufacturer of hydraulic and industrial hoses, has leased 7,500 squre feet of space in the Rosedale Business Park, according to KLNB Realtors.

* Encore International Corp., a distributor of audio and video equipment, has leased 10,000 square feet at 9179 Red Branch Road in the Oakland Ridge Industrial Park in Columbia, according to KLNB Realtors.

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